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With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA (AP) - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia religious freedom bill stalls in House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia House and Senate announce deal on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - An autism insurance bill considered dead earlier this week got a new lease on life Thursday when two key legislators from the House and Senate announced a compromise plan they hope will pass before the session ends next week.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island weighs smoking ban for largest Ga. public beach

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's largest public beach could become off limits to smoking next year.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


2 charged with killing deer that mingled with farmer's cows

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia have charged two young men with killing a deer in a pasture where it was known to mingle with a farmer's cows.

March 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Ga. transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican leaders on Monday previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges, hoping to placate county and city officials unhappy with their initial plan to raise half that dollar amount by eliminating locals' share of the sales tax on gasoline.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House subcommittee approves date change for pre-K

ATLANTA (AP) - A House sub-committee on education has taken the first step toward giving parents more time to enroll their 5-year-olds in pre-kindergarten.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan to find $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges continues to change in response to local officials' complaints that lawmakers were forcing them to consider tax increases on gasoline.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Execution date set for sole Georgia female death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - An execution date has been set for Georgia's only female death row inmate.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves bringing back McGriff, Walker as special assistants

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves are bringing back former first baseman Fred McGriff and ex-hitting coach Greg Walker.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia confirms 1st case of measles since 2012

ATLANTA (AP) - State health officials say they've confirmed Georgia's first reported case of measles since 2012.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers consider changes to electric car tax credits

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's generous $5,000 tax credit for electric vehicles is the target of three separate bills in the state House, including one lawmaker trying to end the write-off altogether.

February 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man found trapped under home taken to Savannah hospital

PORTAL, Ga. (AP) - A man trapped under his mobile home when a water heater fell through the floor is being treated at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man found trapped under home

PORTAL, Ga. (AP) - A man trapped under his mobile home when a water heater fell through the floor is being treated at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Male pedestrian killed on interstate north of Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities are urging motorists to stay off eastbound Interstate 285 north of Atlanta after a pedestrian crossing the roadway was struck and killed.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. officials seeing high number of fraudulent tax returns

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Revenue officials say they're already seeing numerous cases of scammers attempting to file fraudulent 2014 income tax returns.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Business tops list of big donors on '14 referendum campaigns

ATLANTA (AP) - Large corporations and trade groups gave at least $217 million to sway the outcome of state ballot measure and referendum campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections, a new study has found. For the most part, they were overwhelmingly successful in defeating proposals that they didn't like.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Supreme Court's new health law case cuts both ways

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking another look at President Barack Obama's health care law, and this time it's not just the White House that should be worried.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia signs top DL prospect Thompson, 7 early enrollees

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia class of 28 signees on Wednesday included an emphasis on defense, seven early enrollees and a defensive lineman rated as the nation's top prospect.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 448,500 in Ga. enroll in health insurance plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials say more than 448,500 Georgians have signed up for health insurance through a federally facilitated marketplace.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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